(Closed) DIY Wedding Invitations…STRESSING!!!

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Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I did my own gold foil invites based on a design I liked online. I printed them at work because my home printer could not handle the 110lb paper. I made them in PowerPoint, actually, as that was thr quickest way to do what I wanted. The gold foiling was done with the toner transfer method and turned out great once I got the hang of it. I cut them on a slider paper cutter and used a ticket punch on the corners to dress them up. I did not layer the invites, but I did layer stationery for the tables at the reception. I used Glue Dots for that as they are acid free, flat, and do not need to be left to dry. Hopefully that helps!

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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@gijanedoe  A lot of this is going to depend on what exactly you want to do and what kind of paper you are using. 

I made my super-ridiculous book-themed invitation. They required 3 different types of adheasive, four different types of paper and I purchased fonts. 

I have a decent printer and printed them at home. I used inkscape (a free editing tool) to design them, type up all the wording, etc. I cut them using a guillotine paper cutter I already had. I used a combination of Scotch “advanced tape glider” dry “tape” adheasive, score tape (super strong, thin double sided tape), and TomBow 2 way liquid adheasive. What you use is going to HEAVILY depend on what type of paper you’re using. 

I’m just going to say… your questions are kind of the basics of how to get started and that concerns me. I had most of the tools/supplies I needed on hand because I do this sort of thing a LOT. So that kept costs down and made the whole process much easier than it would be for someone who’s never done papercrafting before. I’d HIGHLY recommend finding a crafty friend to help you sort this out or you’re going to be wasting a lot of paper and even more time. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I did mine on Photoshop. I downloaded some fonts from DaFonts (http://www.dafont.com/es/) and some free vectors I found online. I did a very basic design using three colors over a plain white background: orange, dark blue and gray. The most complicated thing for me was sizes. Looking back at it, I wishes I had used a pre-bought/made template. I printed my invitations at a printing center, where they gave them some texture to our names. 

The “envelope” part I did it with cardboard I bought at the store. I had to mesure and cut all the parts with a cutter and assemble it I used professional paper-glue which made wonders. It was hard work but I felt super proud of our invitations (honestly, I felt I was giving each guests something special because I had made them one per one). I used ribbon to close the invitations, and bought some plastic bags at the printing-center. 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I made my STDs and invites at home, both using photoshop and both printed via vistaprint.com using a groupon.

While I totally think that if you’re a generally crafty person you can totally pull this off… if you can return the envelopes and paper you may be a lot happier doing so and simply having your DIY invites printed online via vistaprint, zazzle, papersource, or one of the many other invite printing companies.

If you want to stick to your original idea.. I bet youtube has a lot of tutorials.  Don’t just look up wedding invite crafting: birthday card, invitations (in general), etc.. will all have the same techniques you’re hoping to learn.  Know that as an initiate to crafting you will end up having to purchase a lot of the materials you’ll need, and it will likely be as expensive as buying minted.com invites… probably more expensive, if you account for labor costs.  If there is a crafting/scrapbooking store nearby that lets customers work in the store (often for an hourly rate) that will help a LOT with the financial aspect and they can even help give you some tips.

 

ETA: one really cool idea I strongly considered was having a BIG stamp made (however big your cards are) and sending out stamped invites.  Like these: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123978066/simple-arrow-wedding-invitation-stamp?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=wedding%20invitation%20stamp&ref=sr_gallery_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/235048051/custom-wedding-invitation-stamp-wedding?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=wedding%20invitation%20stamp&ref=sr_gallery_10

.  You can also get whatever stamp design you make (in black and white, obviously) turned into a stamp via various online stores.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I got a printable invitation kit from an office supply store, I think Staples? Though Office Depot/OfficeMax would be just as good.

And I just used the included template to create my pritnable invitations. It was super easy. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

It depends on what style you want/what vibe your weddibg is.

If you’re not super crafty and dont have all the special stuff they are easy cute things you can do.

Download a nice font and type up your invites. If you need to get them cut you might be able to go use the big one they have a craft supplie shop for a fee or for free if you bought your paper there. It will do a better job than a normal diy one.

If you want to layer may a template frame so you dont have anythings sitting wonky.

Easier option is to buy pretty ribbon or twine and wrap it around. There are lots like this on pinterest. 

I’m doing my own and just doing a very simple elegant print on linen texture paper, I looked at other options but we’re having a pretty simple nautical seaside wedding so it suits.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have a Silhouette Cameo (not the newest model though, that came out 6 months after I bought mine -_-) so I used that in addition to fonts from dafont like PP. I love my Silhouette but it’s an investment and definitely not worth it if you wouldn’t use it otherwise. Though the software is a free download, you’d not have any designs but they’re cheap and it can use any font you have installed on your computer and it can print to a regular printer (which is what I did). Microsoft Publisher is also a great option. 

I made pocket-folds for mine so I used Zots glue dots to hold the pocket flaps in place, they’d be too heavy duty for just holding paper together though. To hold the layered inserts together I used “Martha Stewart Fine Tip Glue Pen” which was perfect because the inserts were shaped with points so the pen allowed me to get glue right to the tips and not have any peeling. 

I got all of my supplies at Michaels.

Post # 10
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Newbee

I did the DIY invites from Michaels – it took a while to figure them out but they came out awesome for a fraction of the price. Make sure your printer is not sensitive to thick paper. Also I downloaded few fonts from http://www.1001fonts.com/ – I am very picky so it took a long time before I found something I liked. You can see if staples will print them for you it shouldn’t be too bad on cost. 

at the end of the day I might have picked something else to save on but I’m happy with the resolts 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

We’re DIYing ours.

I’ve designed the inserts using a combination of Photoshop and software I use at work called Page Plus. We’re having the inserts printed by a company we use a lot at work and who we have a good relationship with (which comes in handy when trying to work out how to send them huge files!) I’ve also designed matching information and RSVP cards.

These will then be stuck into pocketfold invitations using double sided tape. The Info card and RSVP card will go in the pocket and we will be attaching ribbon to the outside of the invitation.

Sorry for the undoubtedly huge images! 

For reference, I downloaded my fonts from dafont.com and I used:

Champagne & Limousines for the regular font

Serious Sally for the fancier font

 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Mine were very simple and traditional. I had a close artist friend sketch some small motifs, then turned those into vectors and put them at the top of the invite. I then downloaded some free fonts that I liked (picking those took ages) and put everything together in powerpoint using a 5×7 page layout. 

I had them printed professionally (all this woman does is design and print invitations and formal stationary). She only charged for the printing and materials. 

My invitations only consisted of an envelope, one-sided 5×7 invite, and an information card with details on the wedding website and where/when to RSVP (which were all online through our wedding website).

The simplicity made DIY-ing very easy.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Here are my DIY invitations. I used photoshop to design everything, and just printed them on specialty paper (parchment, sticker etc) at home.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I just finished ours today. It took about a month to put together 115 of them. I found beautiful thick cotton paper at an Estate sale, paid about four bucks for 25 sheets of 24×36, which was too big for me to cut down myself. Paid to have the paper cut down to 4 5/8 wide strips, and then I cut the blanks down to size, with a rotary cutter (Already had).Taught myself letterpress with on a fiskars fuse I bought on craigslist for 20 dollars. Had letterpress plates made by Boxcar Press, 65 dollars. Took ages to find the right ink for letterpress, lots of early on failure.had to purchase an L letterpress kit (48$) a speed ball brayer (12$) Peinted  the invites and an information card, (two days) Watercolored a wreath around our names (85 dollars for all sorts of Watercolors and some new brushes). stamped a design on the inner envelopes (Italian linen paper eve lopes 54 $, plus 8 for the stamp and 4 more for the stamp pad). Sealed with a bit of 1930’s Dresden trim from my personal collection. Outer envelopes were have calligraphy (bloody fortune spent on dip pens, nibs, practice pads, and inks). Outer envelopes were sourced from pretty much everywhere, including Paper Source. Vintage stamps required going to two philately shows and choosing face value stamps (I have a lot left over, but I don’t mind). Taking the invites to Universal Studios on Thursday to have them hand cancelled a the Hogsmeade Owlery Post office. 

I am pretty handy person, I remodeled my house, built the desk, table and workbench I worked on myself, have done set design and construction and  have had a studio glass practice. I am telling you invites for my wedding nearly broke me. I wanted them to be by my own hand. I am very proud of them, but oh my crazy gosh. Unless it is very very very important to you to DIY, go to Etsy, Paper Source, Vista Print or wherever, pick out something pretty and move on to the next task on your long ass list. 

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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